Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua has on Thursday made it clear that there is nothing wrong with Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s statue being in our currency notes.
Visiting traders in his region, the Machakos Governor also said that there is a lot of excitement about the new currencies with some people running to the court about them.
“There is a lot of excitement about the new currencies with some people running to the court about them even though, I bet they have not even seen or held any of the new notes. Some people really need to stop being simplistic.”
Dr. Mutua broke down the reality of how things are saying that there is a difference between a statue and a portrait as he said what we have is a statue of our founding father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
He continued by saying it would be okay to complain if we had a statue of a lion or a giraffe.
“There is a difference between a STATUE and a PORTRAIT. What we have is a statue of our founding father Mzee Jomo Kenyatta on the new notes. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. People complaining would be Ok if it was a statue of a lion or giraffe.”
Secondly he says a society that bashes and disregard those who transformed it from the colonial imperialism to the freedom we enjoy today is a doomed society.
“Mzee Jomo Kenyatta is in the books of history together with other great African founding fathers such as Nkrumah, Nyerere, Kaunda, Senghor, Nasser, Lumumba, Samora Machel, and Mandela. You cannot wish Mzee Jomo Kenyatta away.”
The Machakos Governor instead challenges people to say we should have different statues of our heroes in different bank notes i.e Tom Mboya, Dedan Kimathi, Oginga Odinga, Wangari Maathai e.t.c
Addressing those opposed to the new currencies, Mutua asks them if they to remove names of heroes from streets so that we can have Twiga Avenue, Simba Highway or Fisi Street.
According to the Machakos Governor, the value of the currency is what is important and not it’s colour or picture.
“The VALUE of money is not what picture or colour that is on it. The value of money is how strong and useful the currency is. How strong is the shilling against the Euro and dollar?
The value of the currency and its impact on the economy is what we should be discussing, because at the end of the day that is what matters to Wananchi and not which statue or which animal is on a note. Let us be real.
What I want to see is a strong Kenyan shilling that can trade internationally and one whose purchasing power is felt by Wananchi as they get richer. A strong shilling means strong wages and a better quality of life.
.With the challenges we face in our country of high unemployment, lack of money in circulation, runaway corruption, poor management of some affairs, trade imbalances and polarized politics.” Said Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua